William Tierney, MD, MACP, FACMI

Department Chair, Professor

1980 …2019
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Dr. William Tierney is the inaugural Chair of the Department of Population Health, and a professor of Population Health, at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a general internist and medical informaticist who came to the Dell Medical School after serving as President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., the country's oldest research institution dedicated to improving health systems. The Regenstrief Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the research and service missions of the Indiana University School of Medicine where Dr. Tierney was Associate Dean for Clinical Effectiveness Research and practiced general internal medicine at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis where he was Chief of Internal Medicine from 2009 to 2014.

Dr. Tierney's research focuses on improving health care delivery and its outcomes through developing and implementing electronic health record systems (EHRs) in hospital and outpatient venues in Indiana and in East Africa. His team of developers implemented sub-Saharan Africa's first ambulatory EHR in 2000 which has grown and evolved into OpenMRS, the world's most widely used open-source EHR system that's been implemented in more than 40 countries and nationally in all Ministry of Health sites in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.

Dr. Tierney is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and Master of the American College of Physicians. He has received the lifetime achievement award from the nation's leading organizations in three disciplines: academic general internal medicine (from the Society of General Internal Medicine), biomedical informatics (from the American College of Medical Informatics), and translational science (from the Society for Clinical and Translational Science).

He is the former Co-Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and Medical Care. He's received more than $30 million in grants and contracts. His publications have been cited by others more than 20,000 times.

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Research Output 1980 2019

The 2018 fellow cohort of the American College of Medical Informatics

Chute, C. G., Bakken, S., Tierney, W. M., Jackson Purcell, G. & Cimino, J. J., Oct 1 2019, In : Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 26, 10, p. 1150-1155 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Medical Informatics
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Emergence of Population Health in US Academic Medicine: A Qualitative Assessment

Gourevitch, M. N., Curtis, L. H., Durkin, M. S., Fagerlin, A., Gelijns, A. C., Platt, R., Reininger, B. M., Wylie-Rosett, J., Jones, K. & Tierney, W. M., Apr 5 2019, In : JAMA network open. 2, 4, p. e192200

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality of Health Care

Breakdowns on the information highway during inter-hospital patient transfers

Tierney, W. M., Sep 1 2018, In : Journal of general internal medicine. 33, 9, p. 1415-1416 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Patient Transfer
7 Citations (Scopus)

Building on the HIV chronic care platform to address noncommunicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa: A research agenda

Vorkoper, S., Kupfer, L. E., Anand, N., Patel, P., Beecroft, B., Tierney, W. M., Ferris, R., El-Sadr, W. M., Bacon, M., Berman, J., Berzon, R., Bongomin, P., Bremer, A., Castor, D., Collins, P., Dirks, R., Dominguez, G., Ejigu, A. A., Engelgau, M., Farmer, M. & 26 others, Flanigan, J., Goosby, E., Henry, R., Huchko, M., Johnson, M., Juma, K., Langley, C., Levitt, N., Mensah, G., Matanje-Mwagomba, B., McGuire, H., Miotti, P., Nuche-Berenguer, B., Nugent, R., Park, P., Pastakia, S., Peprah, E., Rabkin, M., Ramogola-Masire, D., Rausch, D., Reid, M., Sahasrabuddhe, V., Williams, C., Williams, M., Von Zinkernagel, D. & Yonga, G., Jul 1 2018, In : AIDS. 32, p. S107-S113

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Africa South of the Sahara
Community Health Planning

Measuring and Managing Population Health

Tierney, W., Rousseau, J. & Khurshid, A., Feb 1 2018, In : Texas Medicine. 114, 2, p. 42-51 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Personal Health Records
Social Media
Delivery of Health Care